Surface Modification of Blended Fabrics by Silica Nanoparticles to Improve Their Printability

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1 Dyeing, Printing and Textile Auxiliaries Department, Textile Industries Research Division, National Research Center, Dokki-12622, Cairo, Egypt

2 Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt


The sol-gel technique offers an effective way of modifying fabrics, and has many advantages. In this paper, silica nano particles in the solid form were prepared from TEOS precursor; further application of these silica nanoparticles to polyester ̸ wool, and polyester ̸ cotton blends as well as polyester and cotton fabrics is carried out. Improved fabrics printability, as well as acquiring antibacterial properties were achieved. The basic idea for using sol-gel technology to modify fabric blend surfaces in order to solve their coloration problems and to attain solid shades using a single set of dyes.


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